Abs Exercises

Hard Core Workout

Bolster your big lifts with this challenging core routine.

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Any midsection workout worth doing will accomplish multiple goals. If all you’re getting out of your current ab routine is a better-looking washboard stomach, find something better: a core workout that will not only harden the abs and obliques, enhance overall athleticism and help keep you injury-free, but one that will also improve your poundages on exercises like squats, deadlifts and cleans.

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People don’t usually think of these big lifts as core exercises, and then they wonder how a guy who’s not very big can squat or deadlift over twice his bodyweight for reps. It’s because he’s got a strong core that keeps his back from folding when there’s a heavy barbell sitting on his traps. It doesn’t matter how big you are. If your core’s weak, you’re not squatting a lot of weight.

The below workout hits the entire core with a quartet of exercises that includes two isometric hold exercises and two dynamic rotational moves. Perform the routine 2-3 days a week, adding it to the end of any workout or doing it on its own if you wish.

HARD CORE WORKOUT

Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Floor Bridge Hold 5-6 90-120 sec. 25 sec.
Russian Twist 3 20-25 per side 25 sec.
L-Hang 4-5 Max. Time 1 min.
Woodchopper 3 12-15 per side 1 min.

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